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Land purchase will allow Nile Garden access to Union Road
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This computer generated aerial of Nile Garden School shows how the new kindergarten rooms, bus drop, and multipurpose room were built along the eastern edge of the campus that is to the left in the rendering.

The $1.4 million purchase of 8.76 acres to expand the Nile Garden School campus will allow a significant increase in traffic safety.

That’s because it will provide access to Union Road.

In doing so, the Manteca Unified School District plans to create a campus road that will go from Nile Avenue on the western edge of the campus and then curve behind school buildings to head east and connect with Union Road.

This will be done while building permanent classrooms on part of the new land to replace aging portables along the western border of the campus.

There has been major safety concerns involving vehicle traffic for years at Nile Garden School.
And while the bus drop off zone to the west of the new multipurpose room  which includes a turnaround to get back to Nile Avenue plus additional staff parking in that area has helped, there are still issues.

Parents before and after school often park in orchards across the street and elsewhere along Nile Avenue which is a rural road.

The narrow road also lacks sidewalks.

Unlike in urban areas. if parking lots become full, there is no on-street parking.

The situation becomes more treacherous during fog and inclement weather.

None of the campus — with the exception of the new access road — will border Union Road that is posted for 55 mph.

The property purchased using capital outlay funds borders the Lathrop Manteca Fire District station site.

Typically, elementary school sites are 20 acres.

Nile Garden campus is 15.809 acres. It will be 24.569 acres with the property closes escrow.

The current program capacity for Nile Garden is 1,266.

The enrollment at Nile Garden as of Tuesday is 1,174.

 The district recently spent $16.1 million in Measure G bond proceeds to build a new multiple purpose room, add classrooms, and make other improvements at the campus that has been helping absorb growth south of the 120 Bypass.

Roughly 90 percent of Nile Garden’s student body resides in Manteca proper.

Additional classroom space could be added.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email